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BlackBerry Desktop Software v7.1.0 B35 now available

Desktop Software
By Adam Zeis on 5 Dec 2012 01:19 pm EST
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Update: Check out the full change log below! (Thanks canuckvoip)

It's been a while since the BlackBerry Desktop Software has received an update, but today version 7.1.0 B35 is available for download. We're not quite sure what's new and improved in this version, so if you spot anything fancy let us know. Assume it's the usual tweaks and bug fixes for the most part. Looks to be the PC only version as well (for now). Now get to downloading ... and bring on BlackBerry Link!!

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New features and enhancements

The new features and enhancements for BlackBerry Desktop Software 2.4 build 13 include the following items:

Support for new BlackBerry PlayBook tablets

BlackBerry Desktop Software now supports mobile network enabled tablets.

Improved Group to Category synchronization for your contacts

When you synchronize your contacts, the BlackBerry Desktop Software maps Groups from your Apple Address Book to a Category with the same name in the Contacts app on your BlackBerry smartphone.

Ability to restore a backup file created using BlackBerry Desktop Software for Windows

You can restore a backup file that was created using the BlackBerry Desktop Software for Windows to your smartphone or tablet using the BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac.

Fixed issues

This section lists issues fixed between BlackBerry Desktop Software 2.3.1 build 5 and BlackBerry Desktop Software 2.4 build 16.

Synchronizing organizer data

Calendar

Previously, if you had set up and synchronized a calendar using the BlackBerry Desktop Software for an email address you added to the BlackBerry Internet Service and then, from your smartphone, you changed the calendar you wanted to synchronize, the BlackBerry Desktop Software didn't display the error message: "Service for your device's calendar has changed."(DT 2418213)

Previously, if you have more than one calendar in iCal and you configured calendar sync, if you created an event in iCal and synced to your smartphone and then later deleted the event from iCal and manually forced the event to sync to your smartphone, the BlackBerry Desktop Software didn't delete the event from the smartphone and you received a synchronization error. (DT 2333729)

Previously, if you configured the iCloud online service on Mac OS X 10.7.2, you couldn't sync your iCal entries using the BlackBerry Desktop Software. After you configured synchronization for your calendar, you received the following BlackBerry Desktop Software error message: "There are no calendars for synchronization." Also, the Sync button in the BlackBerry Desktop Software wasn't grayed out, and it appeared that you could sync your iCal entries. If you clicked Sync, you received a synchronization error. (DT 2115620)

Updating the software on your smartphone or tablet

Previously, if your tablet stopped responding and you connected it to the BlackBerry Desktop Software to load the latest BlackBerry PlayBook OS on to the device, if you disconnected your tablet from your computer and completed the setup steps on your tablet, when you reconnected your tablet, the Storage field on the Summary screen displayed 0 B. You were unable to synchronize or backup your media files. (DT 3063465)

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BlackBerry Desktop Software v7.1.0 B35 now available

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New features and enhancements
The new features and enhancements for BlackBerry Desktop Software 2.4 build 13 include the following items:

Support for new BlackBerry PlayBook tablets
BlackBerry Desktop Software now supports mobile network enabled tablets.

Improved Group to Category synchronization for your contacts
When you synchronize your contacts, the BlackBerry Desktop Software maps Groups from your Apple Address Book to a Category with the same name in the Contacts app on your BlackBerry smartphone.

Ability to restore a backup file created using BlackBerry Desktop Software for Windows
You can restore a backup file that was created using the BlackBerry Desktop Software for Windows to your smartphone or tablet using the BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac.

Fixed issues
This section lists issues fixed between BlackBerry Desktop Software 2.3.1 build 5 and BlackBerry Desktop Software 2.4 build 16.

Synchronizing organizer data

Calendar

Previously, if you had set up and synchronized a calendar using the BlackBerry Desktop Software for an email address you added to the BlackBerry Internet Service and then, from your smartphone, you changed the calendar you wanted to synchronize, the BlackBerry Desktop Software didn't display the error message: "Service for your device's calendar has changed."(DT 2418213)

Previously, if you have more than one calendar in iCal and you configured calendar sync, if you created an event in iCal and synced to your smartphone and then later deleted the event from iCal and manually forced the event to sync to your smartphone, the BlackBerry Desktop Software didn't delete the event from the smartphone and you received a synchronization error. (DT 2333729)

Previously, if you configured the iCloud online service on Mac OS X 10.7.2, you couldn't sync your iCal entries using the BlackBerry Desktop Software. After you configured synchronization for your calendar, you received the following BlackBerry Desktop Software error message: "There are no calendars for synchronization." Also, the Sync button in the BlackBerry Desktop Software wasn't grayed out, and it appeared that you could sync your iCal entries. If you clicked Sync, you received a synchronization error. (DT 2115620)

Updating the software on your smartphone or tablet

Previously, if your tablet stopped responding and you connected it to the BlackBerry Desktop Software to load the latest BlackBerry PlayBook OS on to the device, if you disconnected your tablet from your computer and completed the setup steps on your tablet, when you reconnected your tablet, the Storage field on the Summary screen displayed 0 B. You were unable to synchronize or backup your media files. (DT 3063465)

Gee, thanks for letting us know, I know I'll sleep better tonight.
btw, if you've moved on, what are you doing here? ;-)

I'm sure everyone who actually cares about you will know to check a blog post about Desktop Software in order to learn about your terrible news.

o.O

Oh no big loss, adios. You should really get an iphone 5 it's amazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing...

S3 isn't that great of a phone anyways.

Buh Bye! I'm sure someone will miss you. I'm going to throw myself onto the floor and wail inconsolably at your loss.

Still no return of the tab to all the addition of a second contacts folder when hooking into outlook.

Why was it taken away?

You can sync a second contact folder in Outlook.

It is under Organizer, configure contacts, and click advanced.

They finally fixed after months of complaining in the Beta forums. I was showing up in winxp, but not in Windows 7.

It was the first thing I checked - there's no 3rd tab under advanced - windows 7.

May try complete deinstall, reg clear and try again - you never know

I still don't trust the data sync in v7. Has it become easier to review conflicts or does it still not show you all of the data in the conflicting records?

My question is... WHY is someone, who has moved on to another phone, STILL HERE posting? lol

Maybe it's because they weren't loved as a child or lack of friends, or maybe they don't feel important enough until they post on Crackberry.. But I'm just guessing..

#BB10Believe!

LOL the "waves of goodbye" comments really made my day

P.S. one of my pet peeves is the actual software when you hit "check for updates" says there's no update available... I know there's a link... but SO annoying.

When will we have the option of choosing the backup type? I have old backups that used ipd as the file type, which my current software program can read and open (so I can export and print out text messages etc). Now that it's chnaged, I've lost the abillity to do this so I have to buy another softawre program that works with the new backup file types. Can we just get the option of choosing when we save???

I'd like to see the ability to have the contacts in the BlackBerry phone back backed up using BlackBerry ID just like how what Google allows users to do.

Well, there may be a "ann" called blackberry protect.

But I know there an app called blackberry protect. Its great. Bbos only.

Using the iphone today that my wife's work gave her : all I could think was, "I can't believe people pay for garbage like this! ". Without a word of exaggeration, the browser on my 9900 is better. And that is ancient, if optimized, technology.
Also, used a Galaxy lately : no security, but head and shoulders above the iphone - while the battery holds out and if you can get a signal.
PlayBook, while not The 10, is so much more enjoyable and intuitive than what is on the market now. And that is not even optimized.
But. It doesn't have Scrabble, so I guess that's out...=D

BlackBerry Desktop Software v7.1.0 B35 is installing without any problem on win 8 (x64) and finally supporting Outlook 2013.

Still ticks me off that backup for PB doesn't capture created folders and, more importantly, my bookmarks!!!

Whatever they've done, this is the first time in a long time that I have had backups on both my PlayBook and Torch 9800 go without a hitch. The synchronization with my ACT! database through CompanionLink has also been flawless since the latest couple of Desktop updates. Thanks for finally tuning up, RIM. JJRIMFAN

Will not sync your BBM contacts if your running the updated version of Blackberry ID that already does backup for you automatically. Other than that backup/restore operation go without a hitch for my 9810.

Re: "finally" supporting Outlook 2013:

Office 2013 won't even be available to retail customers for something like 4 months in the future, and the release version has only been available to volume license customers since last week or something.

I really don't see what justifies the "finally" bit. There are very few legitimate companies that are willing to support someone else's pre-release software, it just opens them up to all sorts of unnecessary problems and liability and the other vendor won't do anything to help them with that unsupported software either.

Torch 9860 + Playbook 64GB = Fun times!

I downloaded the BDS already and I still can't use the tethering function with Windows 8. I installed .net 3.5 already and no dice.

That tethering option is either PPPoE or dial-up. There is a work around, you'll have to read about the changes in windows 8 at wikipedia.

Is there any way to save the previous version (6.1) if you upgrade to this version? I’m very leery due to the countless problems syncing with Outlook on past DMS 7.0 version upgrades. I'm a real fan of the "if it ain't broken-don't fix it" mind set, but I've been hoping for a more up to date version that would play nice with the 7.1 OS's and Outlook. So if anyone knows of a way to save the previous version, I would be very grateful to hear it. I am on the forums a lot but haven't seen anything about it so far.
Thank you!

Anyone with desktop update problems? My update to the new desktop software yesterday wiped out my entire phone-- like inoperable-- and did not bother to back it up before it did it. Software had to be fully reloaded, and manual reset of all of my previous settings. Anyone with suggestions? First I wanted to cry and now just angry and ready to leave Blackberry behind.

Since I updated my BlackBerry Desktop Manager, I keep getting an error message every time I try to sync my contact and calender data. The error message says "Invalid linked Id"